First of all, it’s fun to know how to pronounce the name of the guy who said the quote to the left (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)…
You say his name like this:
He wrote the book Flow in which he defined a now famous state of mind that basically means, when you find something you love, you enter into the most fluid and beautiful mindset.
Many of the greatest humans to walk the face of the earth have known FLOW.
For instance, “Historical sources hint that Michelangelo may have painted the ceiling of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel while in a flow state.
“It is reported that he painted for days at a time, and he was so absorbed in his work that he did not even stop for food or sleep until he reached the point of passing out.
After this, he would wake up refreshed and, upon starting to paint again, re-enter a state of complete absorption.”
Now why does this matter?
Well if someone told they how to never be bored again…would you be curious?
Nowadays, someone who is always bored usually gets a diagnosis of ADHD and a prescription of Ritalin…
As goes the quote, “Only boring people get bored.”
THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR BEING BORED.
We all have this incredibly powerful brain that works much like the flux capacitor in the movie Back to the Future.
Just to remind you about the flux capacitor, if Michael J Fox reached 88 mph in that DeLorean sports car, he would thereby trigger the Flux Capacitor and travel back to the future.
Through decades of research, Csikszentmihalyi has proven that when you combine “challenge” with “skill” to reach FLOW, your brain will LIGHT UP like the flux capacitor; you will lose track of time and space; and you will achieve something very close to ECSTASY.
It doesn’t matter where you live, who you know, how much money you have.
What matters is that you engage life, get your hands dirty doing what you love, and trust that…
…magical things happen to one who achieves a magical state of mind.